Annual Best of the Best Thanksgiving Recipe Thread

While we still have time to plan and choose what we want to serve, I thought we would get the recipe thread going. That gives everyone time to shop and be all ready for Thanksgiving Day.

It has been a hard year. Tough on most of us individually and as family and community. We need a day of gratitude for the many blessings we all have, and good times with family and friends. Don’t let anyone steal your joy.

Help Me Thanksgiving Day Prayer

O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;
When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;
When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer,
And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;
bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help;
By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted.

— Samuel F. Pugh

I will start with a new recipe I found. I love this guy’s videos. For all the mac n cheese lovers, here’s a way to combine with a classic bread stuffing. Looks great to me! I like to try new recipes and change things up, but we always have the core favorites mixed in too.

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Here my family’s favorite pie recipe. Yep, I know there’s an official Derby Pie and no one is supposed to use the name. Oh well. I have used a recipe closer to that famous one with bourbon in it, and it is excellent, but a lot harder to make than this one. If you time this pie just right it has a little gooey in the center, a caramel like flavor over the chips. Yum.

My second favorite dessert (I have cookies that I can only make once a year or I’d not fit through doorways).

Derby Pie
1 stick butter
1 package chocolate chips (smallest package)
1/2 cup self rising flour
1 cup sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Deep dish pie crust

Pour choc chips into bottom of pie crust. Melt butter and add to flour and sugar. Add eggs, vanilla and nuts. Pour over choc chips and bake at 350 degrees 40-50 minutes. Note about baking time: it varies according to your oven. If you cook the pie just the way I like it, it has a melty caramel center. A little more done and it is like a big chocolate chip cookie. Best cooled completely. Not good hot or warm, believe it or not. Great with cool whip! Or better yet, fresh made whipped cream.

Here’s another big favorite we discovered about five years ago. Aebleskivers are a delicious, fun treat to make. They are also known as Danish pancakes, and I’m sure they would be a great breakfast treat. I make lemon curd filling, blueberry and tart cherry, and Nutella. Everyone will be crowding around asking for their favorite in the next batch. It’s great fun to give everyone their favorites, warm from the pan.

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Best. Apple Cake. Ever. Not Kidding!
This recipe is not mine, it’s from a deceased gentleman who was a friend of the family.

Grease and flour 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1 and 1/4 cups oil
2 C sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
3 C all purpose flour
3 C apples peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
1 C chopped nuts
2 tsp vanilla

Blend oil and sugar. Sift all dry ingredients and add to mixture. Beat eggs slightly and add to batter. Add vanilla, then fold in nuts/apples. This is a very thick, stiff batter. The baking apples make it moist. Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean Cool and top. Bake 45-50 minutes.
1 C brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla
Cook in heavy saucepan to full boil. The recipe says to beat, then cool and top. I don’t. I just cook the glaze, cool to lukewarm and top the cake by pouring it on. If you get the right apples, there is no better cake.

Here’s another recipe I copied from an older post. Looks too good not to try!

From Czarowniczy’s Wife
Blender Chocolate Truffle Pie
Serve with or without whipped cream. Note: you only need a very small sliver – it’s THAT rich!
Pour 12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips in a blender. Scald 12 oz. heavy/whipping cream (note to non-cooks: scald means heat to ALMOST boiling). Turn on the blender as you begin to carefully pour the hot cream onto the chips. Blend until the cream is all poured & the chips melted. Turn off the blender, scrape down the sides, put in 1 tsp real vanilla, then turn blender back on for a few seconds. Pour into a graham cracker pie shell. Refrigerate until set. Lick off the scraper. Wash the blender & the pan & you are done.
For variety, use dark chocolate chips, mint chocolate chips, peanut butter chips,or white chocolate chips. Or, make 1/2 recipe of one kind, chill that, then pour 1/2 of another kind on top. Or swirl together. Hah!

Zurich Mike gave us this recipe back in the day. Hmm. No bacon in it. He must serve this with mounds of bacon instead.

Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. grated orange zest
3/4 cup orange juice
3 cups chopped cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts

Sift dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Cut in butter until crumbly.
Add egg, juice, and zest. Mix until moistened evenly.
Fold in nuts and cranberries.

Bake at 350 degrees F.
9 x 5 loaf pan greased or lined with baking paper
Bake for 60-70 minutes (toothpick test).

Spread for bread:
Cream cheese mixed with a little organge marmelade and orange zest.

Here’s a recipe for roasted cherry tomato soup, which czar commented on several years ago, although he likes to mix and match recipes.

And finally, since I started with dessert, detoured to soup, let’s finish with a ham recipe. I’ve never had better, this is a family favorite. I like Costco’s Kirkland brand hams, which are flat and hold the liquids well. Don’t change the recipe, and don’t open that oven door. This is excellent cooked the night before a holiday and left in the oven all night long.

Here is the recipe pictured above. Look’s great!

Good grief people, I’ve already had to trash two inappropriate comments. This is a recipe thread. Leave your garbage out or I will just take the post down.


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